Posted: July 3, 2014
With a new album on the way called Rockabilly Riot: All Original (Aug. 12), the great Brian Setzer dropped an advanced track that is a perfect representation of his electric 1950s-inspired sound.
“Let’s Shake” clocks in at 3:29 and is pure rockabilly, with hand claps, a jangly pace and a searing Setzer guitar solo.
Speaking of guitar solos, Setzer recently shared his favorite one with Time.
“We could talk all day about that, but the best guitar solo, the one that changed everything for me, was in ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula,’” he told the magazine. “I was in a punk rock club in New York. I was underage, 17 or so, so it must have been ’79 or ’78. The music was all punk rock and New Wave was just starting, but I heard ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ come on and it was like a hand came across the room and grabbed me and said, ‘Listen to this!’ That guitar solo was half twangy, half rock ‘n’ roll. It made no kind of sense, but all kind of sense. It had it all. It had beautiful finger-picking, it had single string; it was musical, but it was rock ‘n’ roll. That guitar solo has them all beat.”
Stream the audio for “Let’s Shake” below and just try to stay in your seat.
Posted: June 30, 2014
Outspoken Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor will release her tenth studio album I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss on Aug. 12 via Nettwerk Records.
Featuring 12 new tracks, the album is already earning quite a bit of buzz thanks to the cover art, which features a glamorous O’Connor wearing a short, blunt black wig and embracing a Gretsch G5265 Jet Baritone axe.
“I was aware if I were to produce a couple of photo wherein I had hair, everybody would run them and would have to mention the album title,” she explained in a recent interview with Yahoo. “They weren’t done originally for the album cover. They were supposed to be fun publicity shots that would get some publicity and someone would mention the name of the record, and it f–king worked.”
It’s a bit of a surprising move, since O’Connor shaved her head early in her career after pressure from her record label to look and dress a certain way.
“I’ve never said that women shouldn’t dress like women; what I’ve said is that you don’t have to be naked on a wrecking ball and licking a sledge hammer,” she explained to Yahoo. “You can be very, very sexy without actually taking any of your clothes off or twerking. That’s what I’m interested in showing and when you look at the shot, that’s what you see. There’s nothing in those photographs but a little leg showing, but here you have a hot women, which isn’t actually me — it is me, but I don’t really look like that. I’m not going to go around trying to look like that.”
The album’s first single “Take Me To Church” can be sampled below.
Posted: June 27, 2014
The Voice season three winner Cassadee Pope took time out of her summer tour with Tim McGraw to perform “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart” for “Fox & Friends” summer concert series.
In the clip below, Pope is accompanied by guitarist Jim McGorman, who is rocking his new Gretsch Center-Block Double Cut White Falcon.
Posted: June 25, 2014
Orange is the new black is kind of what Gretsch has been saying for many years now. So it seems only fitting for a Gretsch guitar to appear on popular Netflix television series Orange is the New Black.
In the second season’s fifth episode, corrections officer Sam Healy (played by Michael Harney) walks into a bar and is surprised to see assistant to the warden Joe Caputo (played by actor Nick Sandow) playing bass with his rock band Side Boob.
Side Boob makes a return appearance in episode six when Caputo invites another correctional officer to come check out the group.
Although a fictional outfit, Side Boob does feature a few real life musicians in Nada Surf drummer Ira Elliott, Tim Foljahn (Cat Power, Thurston Moore Band) and Tom Beaujour, whose songwriting team (Adopted Highways) co-wrote and recorded the songs that appear on the series. It’s Beaujour who is seen rocking his Gretsch axe.
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